Elements of a Short Story


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The theme of a short story is _____.

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1. Setting includes when and _____.

2. A short story's plot is made up of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Short stories incorporate a lot of material into a smaller form of writing. With this quiz and worksheet combination, you can review concepts typically associated with writing fiction and how they apply to short stories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on the following concepts:

  • Theme
  • Setting
  • Plot
  • Conflict

Skills Practiced

By taking this quiz, you can exercise the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension: ensure that you understand how to follow a plot coherently
  • Distinguishing differences: understand the differences between short stories and other forms of writing
  • Critical thinking: analyze the types of potential conflict in a story

Additional Learning

To find out more about short stories, visit the Elements of a Short Story lesson, where you will be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Define a short story
  • Explain character development
  • Review setting, plot and theme, including examples from famous stories
  • Recognize the purpose of conflict in a story